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Debate and Dialogue in Correctional Settings: Maps, Models, and Materials

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Johannes Wheeldon; Ricardo B. Chavez; Joe Cooke
Date Published
114 pages
This book from the International Debate Education Association presents a model for incorporating debate into existing educational programming within correctional facilities.
The model, Diagrammatic Debate and Dialogue (D3), was developed over a 3-year period at a correctional facility in southeastern Washington State. The focus of D3 is on based the idea that argumentation, respectful disagreement, constructive criticism, and reflection can be introduced into a classroom setting through a step-by-step approach. The model is based on five core principles: debates can be used to serve a variety of educational goals, debates should be informational opportunities, debates should be conducted in ways that value the skill of presenting a coherent argument, debates always employ respectful discourse and disagreement, and debaters should interact courteously and answer questions honestly. The six chapters in this book provide educators with information for implementing D3 in a correctional setting. These chapters cover: (1) Goals and Principles of D3; ( 2) Education in a Correctional Setting; (3) Why Debate and the benefits that can result from incorporating it in the classroom: (4) Understanding D3; (5) Five Steps to Integrate Debate into the Classroom; and (6) Debate in Correctional Settings - Questions and Answers. The 24 appendixes at the back of the book contain information resources for use by educators. Appendixes, notes, and references